Life & Style

July 21, 2016

8 NYC Creatives Killing It

We ask 8 New Yorkers where to go and why there's no other city like it in the world

  • Written by Chandler Kennedy
  • Photography by Chandler Kennedy

Maria Jota Maldonado – Visual Artist

MARIAWhere do you live in NY and why?
I’m in transition, staying in Brooklyn for now, soon to build a new nest.

Where are some of your go to spots for food, drinks, partying, galleries?
I cook everyday, so I rarely eat out, for food shopping the 4th St Co-Op and Chinatown. When I do eat out, shout out to Dimes, Alchemist’s Kitchen and the Bhakti Centre. Oh and there’s that raw smoothie place that Paloma put me on to on Mulberry. I’ve been going to NYXO, there’s something really special happening there, music heals.

What do you think separates NY from everywhere else?
There’s a pulse here that radiates that kind of painful, contradictory, magical, ever evolving , flavour of love .

@a_toj

Jade Katzenellenbogen – Graphic Designer

JADE

Where do you live in NY and why?
I live in Chinatown because I like to be alone but also in company simultaneously. I really admire the “zen” and togetherness of Chinatown’s culture, especially in the parks, and participate in my own way as an outsider.

Where are some of your go to spots for food, drinks, partying, galleries?
I usually eat at Zest for happy hour sushi at least once a week. It’s kind of insane… I’m so obsessed with that place that I made a conscious effort to move to an apartment within walking distance. *Love to John the owner! 🙂

As for partying, techno/underground music really excites me the most right now. One interesting part of this obsession is that the majority of my friends don’t like that kind of music, so I will usually go out alone, or, very rarely bring one other person. It’s like meditation for me. But more recently I have been running into people I know and we will revel in dark, scary, beautiful noises together for an extensive amount of time without talking at all really, and I feel it’s a special bonding moment because we are purely there for music and experience.

I’m slightly confused with galleries at the moment. I’ll go to support friends, or if something catches my attention, but I have been more into exploring music at this time.

What do you think separates NY from everywhere else?
There’s so much I can say. For short, I have already lived so many different lives in NYC, and that’s a very unique thing. To start new whenever you need to, in whatever way that may be. I think we are very lucky to have such an advantage (if we use it to it’s capacity). Ultimately, it is what you make of it, wherever you are.

@jadekatzenellenbogen

Chris Kennedy – Photographer, Videographer & Creative Director

CHRIS

Where do you live in NY and why?
I live in Hell’s Kitchen – privacy and lots of queensssss

What are some of your go to spots for fooddrinkspartying, galleries?
Food! Favourite spots right now are Kiki’s & 1 or 8. Drinks: Not much of a cocktail gal. Partying: More into events. Galleries: David Zwirner, The Hole, & Magic Gallery.

What do you think separates NY from everywhere else?
I mean… New York is one of a kind. Learning and growing in this city is like nothing else, it teaches you how to become YOU in the realest way. Nothing is sugar coated. I can’t speak for “everywhere else” but I feel the city speaks for itself. New York really holds it’s own. It’s progressing faster than any other major city. People come, can’t hang and dip out. It’s made for the survivors I know that sounds corny but nothing is more true. The kids that move here and make it happen. That says it all to me. You have to want to be here to stay here. You have to put in work. New York is different because it makes you really want to want it.

@chriskennedyL

Ahmed Alramly – Photographer

AHMED

Where do you live in NY and why?
I’m in Alphabet City. It’s calm, mad… all of that. It’s a testament to human capability for balance. It can get dark at night, but then it’s light again in the morning.

What are some of your go to spots for fooddrinkspartying, galleries?
Places around the area – Tacos Morelos, Black Market, Elvis, Cabin, to name a few. I don’t leave the area much, unless for school or work. Usually I’m at my apartment working; it’s a live-in studio I share with my mates from London, Kai and Adrian. We like having people round, organising exhibitions – having our own spots.

What do you think separates NY from everywhere else?
There’s a certain type of wisdom you get here – a strange one, for sure. You can find yourself in funny circumstances, especially where I live. People in a box!

@ahmed.alramly

Joel Popoteur – Videographer, Producer Popoteur

JOEL

Where do you live in NY and why?
Washington Heights. Because it’s where I grew up, I kinda like to think it keeps me a bit grounded. Soho/Chinatown be feeling like a walking Tumblr feed 87% of the time.

Where are some of your go to spots for food, drinks, partying, galleries?
Fav pizza spot RN is Scars. It’s very different on the palette. My go to drinking spot is Bev’s (Beverly’s) usually because I can run the AUX and play goon shit. I used to be a Sophie’s regular but the bridge and tunnel crowd compromised it low-key.

I don’t really party that much, Happy Endings is cool. Depends on who’s throwing the party. The wave is really being on that open bar marathon.

I don’t keep up with galleries really. When I’m feeling Art-y I’ll hit the MoMa or run through Chelsea on a Thursday and look at tings ‘till I’m drunk off the Pinot Greig.

What do you think separates NY from everywhere else?
Besides Bodegas and Chopped Cheeses, I don’t know really. The more I travel the more I realize every city is more or less the same. Every city got lames, every city got social climbers, I just try to keep a circle of people I admire and go from there.

Don’t think I’ll ever want to leave though.

@joel66646

Allistair Sow – Model, Photographer

ALI

Where do you live in NY and why?
I live uptown in Washington Heights, but I would say I spend equal or more time in the LES as they share a particular essence that correlates to me Directly.

Where are some of your go to spots for food, drinks, partying, galleries?
Some go to spots are the dollar slice on Essex and Rivington, Dollar Slice on 6th and A, and the smoke shop on Orchard between Houston and Stanton.

What do you think separates NY from everywhere else?
I was raised in New York, so to me what separates New York from other places most specifically is the pace. There is a particular pace that has an affect on me spiritually, mentally, physically. If you are a curious and humble student, there are many gems hidden subtly; many times right in front of you. I believe there is a sense of responsibility present here that has not yet been actually realized by those who hold that responsibility on a cultural level. However, time will tell, and it is a privilege to Understand.

@allistairsow

Monica Rojas – Stylist

MONICA

Where do you live in NY and why?
I live in Brooklyn, because I don’t wake up to tourists outside of my apartment and I have a dishwasher and washer-dryer.

Where are some of your go to spots for food, drinks, partying, galleries?
Food: Beco, this tiny Brazilian spot. Lovely Day, Mr. Taka ramen and Sweet greens.

Drinks: Sophie’s bar, 169 Bar and Commodore.

Partying: Elvis Guesthouse.

Galleries: Marlborough Chelsea, David Zwirner, Postmasters, Castor gallery, 99 cent plus gallery.

What do you think separates NY from everywhere else?
It’s the best and worst of every culture in the world on one island.

@yung_duh

Leilah Franklin – Playwright

LEILAH

Where do you live in NY and why?
Uptown, freedom & silence

Where are some of your go to spots for food, drinks, partying, galleries?
I like the roof of the Jane- small with a deck for smoking. Westville for food. I mostly frequent the Vineyard Theatre

I like the MoAa because it sets new perspectives/ possibilities

@lieal_

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